Palm Beach County Resident Pleads Guilty under the Espionage Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for Accessing and Removing Classified Information from Military Computers
West Palm Beach resident pled guilty to willful retention of classified national defense information pursuant to the Espionage Act, one count of computer intrusion pursuant to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and one count of conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud, while employed as a computer systems administrator at a U.S. Military installation in Honduras.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, George Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and the members of the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force, made the announcement.
Christopher R. Glenn, 34, gained unauthorized access to classified computer files containing national defense information that belonged to the Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo in Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Once Glenn accessed those files, he copied classified information stored under the Joint Task Force Commander’s account, which information he retained.
Glenn also conspired with his wife, Khadraa A. Glenn, 28, to commit naturalization fraud for her benefit by fabricating fraudulent documents and submitting false statements and the documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Khadraa A. Glenn previously pled guilty to naturalization fraud conspiracy and was sentenced on October 7, 2014.
“Obtaining national defense information when you are not entitled to it is a serious threat to our national security,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer. “In committing this crime, Christopher Glenn abused his position of trust. Violations of the espionage act and computer intrusion are unacceptable and we will continue to investigate and seek to hold accountable those who engage in it.”
“Christopher Glenn accessed, copied and retained classified information that belonged to the Department of Defense and the U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force, without authorization,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Systems administrators occupy a place of unique trust in an organization due to their extensive access to the cyber systems they maintain. With today’s plea, Mr. Glenn is being held accountable for his violation of that trust.”
“The Cold War may be over, but espionage, spies trying to steal our nation’s most valuable secrets are still at it,” said George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “More than ever, the FBI remains vigilant to protect critical national secrets and assets. If you are aware of this type of activity, report it immediately to the FBI.”
Glenn is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, on April 17, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. He faces a possible statutory maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison on each of counts 1 and 5, and up to 5 years in prison on count 10; 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, U.S. Army’s 470th Military Intelligence Brigade, U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigations Division, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), USCIS, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Homeland Security and the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ricardo Del Toro and Trial Attorney Christian Ford of the Counterespionage Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.